Another guy I dated didn't really believe in God, and I also had my questions, but after a year of dating, I matured and it became clearer to me that God was important in my life.

Thanks for leaving your comments! It helps one grow up and develop sympathy and understanding for others who may experience different types of heartbreak in life. Why soon?

Blessings to Nathan and the future God has planned for him.

Now he has to make a breakup announcement. That is who I am thinking, too.

Ah, too bad. Clear direction, doors closing, doors opening, specific answer to prayer, peace that passes human understanding, etc. I've always wondered how UP and TLC would work together if there was a Duggar/Bates wedding.

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If he is serious enough for a promise ring he may be actually courting and just hasn't announced.

Morgan- Even if there's been no physical relationship while dating someone, it doesn't mean you can't still have your heart broken.

The girls have all married their first boyfriend. In time, Trace will hopefully move on from this heartbreak, learn and grow from there.

Out of the Bates guys I thought about Jana and Lawson at one point because Lawson is so darn handsome but unless it's an opposites attract thing I do think Nathan is a more natural fit for Jana. She got married just this past August 8th and her new name is Ashley Hoover. comes in. Nothing wrong with that! Kudos for Nathan to not have this relationship public. Now, her brother, Nathan Bates, maybe courting as well.
Nathan's breakup made me sad and now I will be sad for Trace.

Healthy may not be exactly the right word but i understand what the original post means. Would you tell someone who just lost their best friend that it's ok because they can get another friend? PLEASE just call it DATING same thing this isn't 1950 or the 60's, I wonder if Nathan is dating Emily Raynes! When I was in high school, a promise ring meant promising God (and others) that you would keep yourself pure for your future husband. They could have briefly started dating someone and it didn’t last so they weren’t featured on the show. Nathan is often said to have a heart for missions, and has gone on a number of mission trips. Unless otherwise stated, photos courtesy of: UPtv, thebatesfamily.com, chadanderin.com, lawsonbates.com, brandonandmichaela.com, Zach and Whitney Bates, Alyssa and John Webster, Tori and Bobby Smith, Josie and Kelton Balka, Carlin and Evan Stewart, Trace Bates, Copyright © 2012-2016 Bates Family Blog. 1:14, knowing God's will about pursuing a relationship and knowing the other person well are two different things. Conflicting contracts and competing networks and all that. may be wishful thinking on my part but i'm guessing its going to be jana duggar.

I think it's cute that, he as the male is wearing a ring before marriage.

Laura DeMasie was back in Arkansas helping with Jana's new greenhouse. :-). There’s no reason for them to stay on TV if they don’t want to. Thanks for leaving your comments! He wasn't contradicting himself. IMO, the Duggars all get married too young. He said he's not talking publicly about his relationship, yet he goes on to discuss the promise ring.

You learn something new every day. HahahaI don’t want to agree with you anon. I found their story fascinating.

Courting or Dating.

However, if TLC is teasing us and it's not a Duggar courtship but a Duggar family friends courtship I will be upset with them because they are adding unnecessary fuel to the Jana speculation. You can see he wants to tell all.

. That's nice its under wraps for now, since his last public one went sideways. I agree that she is more mature. Happens to everyone at one time or another! It's juvenile and silly to openly express commitment to purity and significance in a relationship?

It may be encouraging, but when you're newly broken up, it may not be the best time for you to be receptive to hearing that.

They call it courting and it is pretty old fashioned, but the Bates family thinks it really works for their children.